Anamika Khanna’s untitled collection that took place in forest setting, used India as the inspiration for the 40 odd pieces that she showcased.
It was the sort of collection that made him Rohit Bal want to copy it. The clothes were for the strong, independent, driven and passionate Indian woman who’s not scared to experiment with her wardrobe. Khanna, a favourite with the likes of Sonam Kapoor, likes to stick to her comfort zone of packaging ethnic craftsmanship and silhouettes in a contemporary manner. And she does it flawlessly. Draped luscious fabrics with embellishment sometimes formed an interesting skirt worn with layered jacket and sometimes it took the shape of dhoti pants, which was inspired by the Maharashtrian Nauvari saree. Maxi dresses in crochet, shararas worn with floor sweeping jackets that were nothing short of pieces of art with their intense zardozi work. Her signature drapes found a place in every garment and she introduced capes this time, to authenticate the vintage feel of the collection.
THE COLOUR STORY
THE PRINT STORY
HAIR AND MAKE UP
A robust metal mohawk, inspired by our very own maang tika, adorned the heads of the models. Lots of mascara and a nude gloss were all that they had on their faces.
The corset belt seen on dhoti pants and draped skirts to give them form, ear cuffs, bold neckpieces and chunky earrings in dull gold and, of course, the conversation initiating head pieces. Cage shoes were the choice of footwear.
- Ear cuffs. If you haven’t hunted them down already, you are late! And remember to wear it with not just ethnic wear. Go on, experiment!
- The corset belt. Must. Must. Must.
- The new rule is to mix silver and gold. Whoever says silver and gold don’t go together needs to smell the coffee!
- The dhoti pants makes a comeback. It’s best match is a ruffled jacket, as seen at Khanna’s show. Light weight capes also add drama to a garment.
- The assymetrical skirt also emerged as a strong trend. Let the edges be as uneven as possible; it’s always more interesting that way. Accessorize it right and you are minutes away from making a statement.
- The purple and yellow combo is both regal and bold (as seen in the purple draped jacket and yellow draped skirt in the show). If you have the courage, go for the combo!
- If you are bored of florals and yet want something equally feminine, paisleys are for you!
- Sharara is the new anarkali. It’s as sexy as ethnic wear can be. Great for sangeet and mehendi ceremonies.